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Happy 4th of July!

Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day on the ranch or in the city, we wish you a fun and relaxing holiday!

Happy 4th of July from Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

 

Jeremy Enlow captured this red, white, and blue photograph of the Waggoner Ranch in April, 2015. The 26 cowboys who work the Cow Camp division of the ranch eat breakfast around 5 a.m. (in the cook shack before the sale of the ranch. Under the new owners, however, the cook shack is now closed). Once breakfast is over, they head off to work before the sun has risen over the horizon.

The American Legends of the Waggoner Ranch

Cowboys on the historic Waggoner Ranch, which is the largest ranch under one fence in the United States, work hard five and a half days a week. They are strong, quiet men who carry out their work in the same way they have for generations, save for the addition of a few trucks.

“The cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch are living legends, men who embody the attributes of the lean and dusty riders who braved the wild a century ago to make room for a herd. They ride the trails of their forebearers, living a life and practicing skills that have almost disappeared. They ride for the prestigious reversed triple D brand of the largest ranch within one fence in the United States.

It is important to record their lives before they shut the gate behind them the last time. This book is a tribute to those cowboys and a way of life is just a whisper on the wind.” -Jan Batts in Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

You can learn more about these American legends in Jeremy Enlow’s award-winning book Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. Limited copies are available, and books ship free in the United States.

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Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch in Cuba

In May, photographer Jeremy Enlow traveled to Cuba. Throughout his travels, he sought to capture the daily life of rural Cubans, farmers, and cowboys.

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Cuban cowboy sees Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch book. Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

 

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

 

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

 

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

 

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

 

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

 

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

 

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

 

Photographs of Cuba by Jeremy Enlow, author of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

Cuba, May 2016 | Contact Jeremy Enlow for publication and usage license.

 

During his trip, Enlow had the opportunity to show the local cowboys and farmers the Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch book. It’s fascinating to see the similarities between the two groups of cowboys, as well as the striking differences. Jeremy’s images of Cuba offer an unexpected look at the country, going far beyond the colorful streets and cars of Havana. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see more of his photographs as he shares them.

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Cowboy down!

Sometimes being a cowboy is all roping and riding. And sometimes… things don’t go quite so smooth.

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It’s safe to say that when your boots are above your cowboy hat, it’s gonna be a rough day.

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This work isn’t for the faint of heart, and we are grateful for the cowboys who show up to do it each day. Here’s hoping your boots stay firmly planted on the ground today!

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#BehindTheScenes of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

If you’ve read our book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, or followed us on Facebook, you’ve already gotten a behind the scenes look at the 26 cowboys who work on the Waggoner. Now, we’re taking you behind the scenes of the making of the book!

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Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch is photographer Jeremy Enlow’s first book. Inspired by the history of the ranch and its uncertain fate while up for sale, he set to work photographing the cowboys who work on the Waggoner. Throughout the process, he captured more than 14,000 images, like the one of Bobby Daniel (below), Waggoner cowboy since 1965.

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Bobby Daniel, Waggoner Ranch cowboy since 1965, from Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch.

Enlow moved fast, photographing and producing the book in only 6 months. Its success was equally swift, with the first run selling out in only 10 days. From the beginning, this book has been a hands-on, family affair with everyone pitching in.

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The Enlow family, photographed in front of the Waggoner Ranch.

Over the next few months, we’ll be taking you behind the scenes to show you the making of the book and the people who have brought it to life. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss a story!

 

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#LittleTexans Love Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch!

We love seeing #LittleTexans reading Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch.

Reader Nan Ducote sent us this picture of her dad, Ken, reading the book to her daughter’s kindergarten class:

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Young and old, people come together over a good cowboy story. Mr. Ducote sure has an attentive audience!

Photographer Jeremy Enlow attended Cowboy Day at an Aledo elementary school. This kindergarten class said their favorite part of the book is the cowboy portraits.

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Jeremy brought his dirt-covered cowboy boots to the class. We think they were a hit!

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We love our #LittleTexans! As Jimbo Glover said, “They’re our future. They’ll replace us old ones one of these days.” Who knows? Maybe there’s some future cowboys and cowgirls in this crowd.

Does your little Texan love Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch? Leave us a comment or tweet us a pic @WaggonerCowboys!

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On the cover of Western Horseman

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In “Waggoner Unfiltered,” Western Horseman takes readers behind the scenes of Waggoner Ranch and the making of the book.

 

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The 9 page story explores some of the iconic images from Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch and features interviews with photographer Jeremy Enlow and Waggoner cowboys. It’s an unfiltered look at Enlow’s inaugural book like you haven’t seen before. Pick up the March issue of Western Horseman today!

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Thank you to all of the Western Horseman readers who have visited our website! You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more Waggoner stories. In commemoration of the sale of the ranch, we are offering free shipping on all U.S. orders.

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Stan Kroenke Closes on Famed Waggoner Ranch

It’s done: NFL owner Stan Kroenke closed on the famed Waggoner Ranch this morning.

“We are excited about integrating this second-to-none ranch with our ranch holdings in the United States and in Canada. This acquisition ties in perfectly with our cattle, wheat, horse and natural resource operations. We look forward to learning from and building on the remarkable heritage of this crown jewel of ranching.” – Sam Connolly, General Manager for Kroenke’s Sports Enterprises

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You can read the rest of the Dallas Business Journal’s coverage of the sale here.

To commemorate the sale of the ranch, we are offering FREE shipping on all U.S. orders.

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The Cross on the Wall

The cross hanging on the wall in the cook shack isn’t a decoration.  There was no slick preaching or theological discussions going on across the lunch table to prove it, but the values of the cowboys are easy to see.

Waggoner Ranch Manager Weldon Hawley, foreground, is always the last to get his plate for lunch.  He waits at the cook shack, sometimes an hour or so, until all the cowboys, children, and ranch workers come in for lunch and all fill their plates buffet style. When the last person is finished making their plate, only then will Weldon get his lunch and return to his seat at the head of the table to enjoy the home cooked meal.

Corporations spend a lot of time and money working to figure out how to foster a positive and productive working environment.   Maybe all they need to do is look up at the wall every now and then.

 

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